Nurses to Picket Delco Hospital to Inform Public About Safe Staffing Levels

About 400 registered nurses and technical employees at Delaware County Memorial Hospital are planning to hold an informational picket in front of the Drexel Hill, Pa., hospital to advocate for improved quality of care and safety for patients as well as employees.

The hospital workers, who joined the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurse and Allied Professional (PASNAP) union earlier this year, are in the process of negotiating their first union contract with Prospect Medical Holdings, which acquired Delaware County Memorial as part of its purchase of the Crozer-Keystone Health System in July.

At the informational picket, the PASNAP nurses and technicians plan to call on Prospect, which operates 18 hospitals in five states, to use part of the $200 million it pledged to invest in Crozer-Keystone’s five hospitals for “safe” staffing levels needed to ensure quality care continues to be provided at the medical centers.

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